Former Billings Mustang named manager of New York Yankees

Rosalie Stanley
Декабря 3, 2017

Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons works with ESPN's Jessica Mendoza, Tim Kurkjian and Aaron Boone for a live Sportscenter piece before a spring training baseball workout in February of 2016 in Tempe, Ariz.

Boone was chosen out of six interviews Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman held.

Boone's father has worked for the Washington Nationals since December 2004 and now is an assistant general manager.

According to insiders it was down to the 44-year-old ESPN baseball analyst and San Francisco Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, 63, for the big gig, even though neither had the experience at the helm of a MLB team. He has never managed or coached at any level.

Of course, Red Sox fans remember Boone for his iconic walk-off homer to send the Yankees to the World Series in 2003.

He was a big league third baseman from 1997-2009 and was an All-Star in 2003, when NY acquired him from the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline. He injured his left knee while playing basketball during the following offseason, setting off a sequence of events that led to the Yankees' February 2004 trade for Alex Rodriguez. Thomson, who had been in the Yankees' organization for 28 seasons, plans to accept a bench coach position with the Phillies, while Beltran has said that he is looking forward to spending time at home with his family. Steinbrenner said he was unlikely to hire anyone without managerial experience, so Aaron must have impressed the hell of out him during his interviews!

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"Obviously, experience is very valuable and should be a check mark for somebody", Boone said. "In a way, I've been preparing for this job my entire life". He spent seven seasons with the Reds and also appeared with the Indians, Marlins, Nationals and Astros.

The Yankees interviewed six candidates for the job. There's pressure that goes along with that.

"And I very much think that my job as manager would be to forge really strong relationships where these players understand that me and my staff are going to really care about them, that they're going to be able to trust us".

As such, Cashman said that he was prepared to make his recommendation to managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, which turned out to be Boone. "I looked for a lot of guidance from a lot of people that I have respect for, and Alex knows baseball as well as anybody".

Cashman added: "He never expressed interest in any way, shape or form".

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News was the first to report the hiring of Boone, a former Yankees third baseman who will become the 35th manager in club history.

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